Giants’ Saquon Barkley, Daniel Jones don’t want Pat Shurmur fired
The Pat Shurmur-era could be coming to an end. In his two years with the New York Giants, the offensive-minded head coach has not produced results worthy of staying in the Big Apple, leading the G-Men to a 9-22 collective record.
If it were up to the fanbase, Shurmur would be gone. If it were up to two young, highly-touted players on his roster, he would not be.
Rookie quarterback Daniel Jones views Shurmur as an adequate coach for the job, citing his development under the former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator.
“I think he’s a great coach,” Jones said on Thursday, via Dan Benton of Giants Wire. “How he’s coached me has been very important for my development, so I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with him… I’ve really enjoyed working with coach Shurmur and I think he’s done a whole lot for my development and my growth. He’s been great for me.”
In his rookie season, Jones’ play has been off-and-on. He was won three of his 12 starts, tallying 2,726 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions on a 62.1% completion rate.
Meanwhile, Jones’ teammate, tailback Saquon Barkley agrees. The No. 2 overall of the 2018 NFL Draft also sees him as the right guy.
“Yeah, I do believe [Shurmur is the right guy for the job],” Barkley said. “I not only believe in Shurmur, but I believe in all the coaches here. It’s easy to point the blame at one person, because that’s what we do.”
Under Shurmur, Barkley won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018, tallying a league-leading 2,028 scrimmage yards and 15 total touchdowns.
Only time will tell whether or not Jones and Barkley see their head coach return in 2020.